Marie Napoli and Philanthropy

Napoli Law attorneys are some of the most observable and easily identifiable in most federal and state courts. In all the cases the attorneys are always prepared and experienced to handle most of the fearsome cases and opponents in the US courts. With lots of resources and manpower it’s almost easy to think that the firm has no real personal attention yet it’s what has made it one of the most excellent and successful firms across the country. A successful law firm is as good as its partners. Marie Napoli is a partner at Napoli Shkolnik PLLC Attorneys at Law and instrumental to what the law has become.

Individualized focused

One of the obvious elements of the Napoli Shkolnik is the personalized attention they accord to every case that comes before them. It’s superbly exemplified by Marie Napoli who believes in the ability to come to the aid of a client when they need help most and probably have no other person or firm to turn to. Such service to the needy is what sets Marie Napoli apart, especially in the area of philanthropy where she claims it’s most rewarding to see people receive help in whatever form.

Who’s Marie Napoli?

A partner at Napoli Shkolnik Attorneys at Law, Marie is the wife of Paul Napoli with whom they co-own and run one of the largest law firms in the United States. As Paul was cutting his name in the who’s who of the New York and US attorneys, Marie was not far behind, doing the same if not with much vigor.

Marie has been a practicing attorney for more than three decades. Her personal injury experience, including medical malpractice, mass torts and employment discrimination has made a name for her wherever she has appeared for her clients. She has a J.D. from Saint John’s University Law School and holds a New York University School of Law L.L.M. degree. Marie has worked at the second department New York Appellate Division. She has also been a CLE courses tutor on matters related to Tort and Civil Procedure at her alma mater, St. John’s University Law School.

Marie Napoli was one of the founding partners and highly active legal minds at Napoli Kaiser Bern LLP. She was heavily involved in diverse areas where she has tried lots of cases to their conclusion. Of note is Marie’s intense understanding of the myriad legal complications that usually afflict women who find themselves injured by defective pharmaceutical products.

Sensitivity to the needy

All along, Marie and Paul were very sensitive to the needs of people not only seeking their legal help but also in other societal challenges. In 2001, this inspired them to come up with the Marie and Paul Napoli Foundation to support as many charitable causes as they could.

Cancer survivor

Like her husband, Marie Napoli also survived a scare of her own, breast cancer. It was an eye opener to the different trials and challenges many people with the complication go through. When Paul Napoli was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia, it was perhaps at that when her shining light in philanthropy reaped most and went full throttle, particularly in cancer related causes. She has been in philanthropy and changing lives wherever she can but when cancer called home twice, Marie resoundingly reiterated in her usual vim and verve.

Paul’s cancer scare

Paul’s blood forming tissues were cancerous, a shock to everyone including him; a few days earlier he was perchance the healthiest of all around him. According to the doctors, Paul’s cancer was at its latest stage and required emergency response. Otherwise, was he late in seeking medical advice for just a few hours Marie would have lost her most beloved companion, husband and dad to their children as total organ failure was about to kick in.

The aggressive nature of Paul’s cancer meant a multi-faceted approach was needed that included chemotherapy. Bone marrow transplant was included as the full breadth of Paul’s concise treatment. Marie and the entire Napoli family had to learn about bone marrow transplant and the complexity of the entire process.  Considering a donor was needed, providence smiled again at the Napoli family as Paul’s younger brother came through for him and his bone marrow was a match. The transplant procedure was performed successfully and the cancerous blood creating cells were removed and replaced with healthier cells.

Charitable Marie

The complex procedure was successful but not forgetting terrifying to Marie and her children. What stood out was the Bone Marrow Foundation, Inc. In fact, Marie had been a board member of the Bone Marrow Foundation for years before her Paul was diagnosed with leukemia. Paul made a full recovery after the transplant and actually returned to his legal work at their law firm.

With over 130,000 people across the U.S. being diagnosed with the serious cancerous blood complication and over 44,000 expected to turn positive for leukemia, Marie and Paul felt they need to do something as well. Apart from helping families to find a donor fast and support for family and patients, the Bone Marrow Foundation also offers Lifeline Fund services, SupportLine, Ask the Expert services to find needed answers fast, educational and medical handbooks and Support groups.

Marie is an active participant on the Associate Board of the Bone Marrow Foundation and helped collect more than $50,000 in support of the foundation by running in the New York City Marathon. The athletic and fit Marie also ran in the Long island Half Marathon in support of cancer research and other charitable causes.

When Marie and Paul became parents, Marie stepped aside for sometime from practicing law for the sake of their young children. Her energies were turned to raising the children but the passion she naturally has to help those in need wasn’t put aside. She continued volunteering her time and engaging in myriad activities of philanthropy such as being the Board of Governors of her alma mater St. John’s University, Bone Marrow Foundation board member, Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club board member and president of the Middle School Parent Council of Friends Academy.

Marie Napoli and the Bone Marrow Foundation, INC.

When Marie Napoli’s husband, Paul, was diagnosed with leukemia, the family found itself suddenly thrust into a bewildering world of cancer and cancer treatment. Paul’s diagnosis of leukemia, a cancer of the body’s blood-forming tissues, was particularly shocking because he had felt fine just days before doctors determined that his cancer was quite late-stage and he was just hours away from experiencing organ failure due to the disease.

Because Paul’s form of leukemia was so aggressive, chemotherapy alone was not sufficient to destroy the diseased cancer cells in his body. That is why, as part of his treatment, Paul Napoli required a bone marrow transplant. So, on top of needing to quickly learn everything they could about leukemia, the family got a crash course in the extremely complex process of receiving a bone marrow transplant.

Paul was one of the lucky ones. His younger brother was the only match for donating the much-needed bone marrow. Doctors were able to perform the transplant procedure, replacing Paul’s diseased blood-forming cells with healthy ones, thus saving his life.

One shining light throughout the family’s terrifying experience was the education and support that they experienced from The Bone Marrow Foundation, Inc.

Leukemia and Blood Disease

As part of their experience, the Napoli’s learned that, sadly, this year alone, more than 130,000 Americans will be diagnosed with a serious blood disease. Like Paul, as many as 44,000 people will be diagnosed with leukemia. This number includes approximately 3,500 children, as leukemia is the most common childhood cancer.

For those who need a bone marrow transplant in order to treat their blood disease, the statistics are grim. Only 30 percent of patients who need a bone marrow transplant will be able to find someone in their family who is a sufficient genetic match to make the donation. The remaining 70 percent of patients will hope to find a match on the national bone marrow registry. However, although about 7,500 Americans each year are looking for a donation from an unrelated donor, only 2 percent of the U.S. population has been tested as potential donors and become part of the national registry.

But the Bone Marrow Foundation helps families to improve their odds of finding a donor and receive necessary support as their love one receives treatment. The Bone Marrow Foundation, which was founded in 1992, is the only organization of its kind that does not limit assistance to a specific blood disease, type of transplant, or age range. Some of the services the organization provides include:

  • The Lifeline Fund– which provides vital financial assistance for donor searches, compatibility testing, bone marrow or stem cell collection, cord blood banking, medications, medical equipment, home and child care services, housing, transportation, and other patient needs. In addition, the program leverages social media to enable patients to reach out to their family, friends, and social networks for additional financial support.
  • The SupportLine– which unites patients and families with post-transplant patients who have gone through the transplant experience.
  • Ask the Expert– which enable confidential communication with members of the medical advisory board so that patients and families can get the answers they need.
  • Medical and educational handbooks– which are published by the Foundation and made available to patients and their families to help them obtain information and resources regarding the transplant procedure and all aspects of follow-up care.
  • Support Groups– which are staffed by a clinical social worker and nurse clinician, and who provide bone marrow transplant patients and their families with monthly group meeting in a friendly setting that allow attendees to share experiences and draw support from each other.

Currently, Marie actively participates on the Bone Marrow Foundation’s Associate Board. Marie also recently collected over $50,000 in pledges to support the foundation’s programming, as part of her running in and completing the TCS New York City Marathon in honor of her husband’s fight against leukemia.